Foodie Friday: Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Salt and pepper shrimp: seafood with savory flavoring  I don't know what it is about English, but we like to prettify foods. For example: pig-->pork, cow-->beef. In Chinese, it's all point-blank names: pig-->pig-meat, cow-->cow-meat. That's probably why we also eat things whole, like chickens with the heads on. This is also true of the classic salt and pepper shrimp dish. Sure, you can cut off the ends, but it's not quite the same. I love how the distinctive salty taste of the … [Read more...]

New Office, New Look

"Don't let statistics do a number on you." For those of you who don't know, I've been writing for years at my kitchen table. Finally, I've upgraded to my own office (slash guest room)! Knowing that I have an Asian-themed decor, my dad gave me this artwork. Gorgeous, huh? The main character in it is: patience. Patience is key to a writer's life. It always takes longer than you anticipate to produce and write something, or to edit and publish a piece. Fun photo: After two books, I finally … [Read more...]

Happy Book Birthday to Me!

My YA book, DRAGONFLY DREAMS, is released into the world! (Thanks for giving me the birthday term, Joy. You can find her review of my novel here.) Want to buy a copy for you and a friend? Amazon Barnes and Noble iBooks … [Read more...]

Changing my Tagline

"The coming month shall bring winds of change in your life." Have you noticed a change on my website? For mobile users, it probably looks the same, but those checking it out on a computer may see something slightly different. What is it? My tagline. A tagline is a slogan that helps you remember something--in this case, a person. My old line read, Asian-American fiction with a geriatric twist. My new slogan is Multicultural fiction, Intergenerational drama. The old version really … [Read more...]

Official Release Date

"Loving is sharing rainbows of happiness." I'm very happy to announce that my upcoming YA novel, DRAGONFLY DREAMS, will be officially released on November 24, 2015. It's been an exciting journey with my publisher, Booktrope. All along the way, I've had direct access to the major players on my team (whom I selected through a vast network of freelancers): book manager, editor, proofreader, and cover artist. The excellent Booktrope staff has also been really supportive and helpful. Extra … [Read more...]

Swag Team

"People are waiting for cues from you." Tired of waiting for news from me? Well, here's my latest writing update: My upcoming novel, DRAGONFLY DREAMS, is moving along speedily with my publisher. It's scheduled to be released November/December 2015 by Booktrope. If you like historical YA mixed with paranormal elements, this is the book for you. It's got: Culture Death Family drama Good versus evil Spirits Want more than just to buy the book? Glad you asked. You can also … [Read more...]